• The Singing Detective (2003)

The Singing Detective

Release Date: November 7th, 2003

DVD Release Date: March 23rd, 2004

R |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

Hospitalized for a severe skin disease, a bitter writer (Robert Downey Jr.) imagines he is the gumshoe from his novel.

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robin Wright, Mel Gibson, Jeremy Northam, Katie Holmes, Adrien Brody, Jon Polito, Carla Gugino

Director: Keith Gordon

Genres: Drama , Musical

Production Co: Haft Entertainment, Icon Entertainment International

Distributors: Airborne Productions Inc., Paramount Pictures

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie does not propose to be a comedy, a musical, a film noir story or a medical account. It proposes to be a subjective view of suffering, and the ways this character tries to cope with it. Understand that, and the pieces fall into place. show more

  • 75
    Jonathan ForemanNew York Post

    It is worth catching The Singing Detective to see the brilliant Robert Downey Jr. in another extraordinary performance... Unfortunately, the film itself doesn't really work despite its lineage. show more

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Keith Gordon's brave attempt to make cinematic sense of Potter's 1986 BBC mini "The Singing Detective" at least has the advantage of a screenplay finished by Potter before his death. But problems of style and tone bedevil the earnest effort. show more

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